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East Cedar Creek Freshwater Supply District meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the ECCFSD office on Hammer Road just off Welch Lane in Gun Barrel City.
Eustace City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the Eustace City Hall the first Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 425-4702. The public is invited to attend.
Eustace Independent School District meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Eustace High School Library. For more information, please call 425-7131. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Council meets in Brawner Hall at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1087. The public is invited to attend.
Gun Barrel City Economic Development Corporation meets at 1831 W. Main, GBC, at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-1899.
Henderson County Commissioner’s Court meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Henderson County Courthouse in Athens. The public is invited to attend.
Henderson County Emergency Services District #4 meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 525 S. Tool Dr. in Tool.
Henderson County Historical Commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the HC Historical Museum.
Kaufman County Commissioner’s Court meets the first, second, third and fourth Monday of each month at 9:45 a.m. in the Kaufman County Courthouse in Kaufman. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp City Council meets at Kemp City Hall at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 498-3191. The public is invited to attend.
Kemp Independent School District meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Board Room in the Administration Building. For more information, please call 498-1314. The public is invited to attend.
Log Cabin City Council meets the third Thursday of the month in city hall. For more information, please call 489-2195. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Mabank City Hall the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 887-3241. The public is invited to attend.
Mabank Independent School District meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 887-9310. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs City Council meets at city hall at 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 451-9229. The public is invited to attend.
Payne Springs Water Supply Corp. meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Payne Springs Community Center, located at 9690 Hwy. 198.
Seven Points City Council meets at 7 p.m. in Seven Points city hall the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3176. The public is invited to attend.
Tool City Council meets at 6 p.m. in the OranWhite Civic Center the third Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3522. The public is invited to attend.
West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District is held at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please call 432-3704. The public is invited.

  Recycling options galore exist in Henderson County
Special to The Monitor
ATHENS–Every year during the spring and fall cleanups, Keep Athens Beautiful hosts an electronics recycling campaign.
Computers, peripherals, and TVs are accepted. Sorry, no small appliances, please.
At other times, residents may take these items to a local Goodwill Store.
If a business has a moderate amount, Goodwill will send a truck to pick it up.
The cleanup events also accept leaves and small brush, which is chipped into mulch.
This is a free service for Athens residents.
Also all types of household batteries, including those made of heavy metals such a cadmium, mercury and lead may be brought in.
Batteries, cardboard, etc.
E&E Services recycles cardboard, all kinds of paper, car batteries, and pallets, and picks up the cardboard at the KAB cleanups for recycling.
The business also collects from recycling bins, located throughout the Athens area, for dropping off plastic materials.
E&E will also come to companies in the area to pick up all of the above.
Household waste
Athens disposal company picks up residential waste and recyclable materials weekly. Allied Waste accepts paper, cardboard, cans and glass placed in provided bins at the curb beside the container for other household waste.
Aluminum cans and old medicine bottles
If you don’t sell them yourself at Prengler Iron and Metal or Total Recycling in Malakoff and others in the Cedar Creek Lake area, please bring your aluminum cans to Athens First United Methodist Church at E. College Street and Lover’s Lane.
The United Methodist Men sell them to raise funds for missions in Henderson County. They also collect old medicine bottles, labels removed, please. Athens doctors take them on medical mission trips to Mexico for reuse.
Packing materials
All shipping businesses will gladly accept used packing material from area residents. These include Ship Shop and Mail and More at 401 S. Palestine; The UPS store at 1307 W. Main St. in Gun Barrel City; Frankston Packaging at 811 State Highway 155 in Frankston; and Mail Shop at 519 S. Seven Points Dr. in Seven Points.
Eyeglasses
Dr. Sheri Robson, 222 S Palestine in Athens, collects used eyeglasses for distribution by Rotary International in third world countries.
This makes a profound, life-altering difference to the men, women, and children who receive them as many have never seen well!
Cell phones
Take old cell phones to your cellular service provider.
They will refurbish them as needed and give them to senior citizens who will then have a way to call for help in case of emergency or crisis.

 

Food Manager Certification Training set for Sept. 29-30
Special to The Monitor
KAUFMAN–Statistics indicate that food-borne illness continues to be a health issue in the United States.
Each year, one in four Americans will become sick, one in 1,000 will become hospitalized, and 5,000 will die due to a food-borne illness.
Under the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) jurisdiction, each food establishment is required to have one certified food manager on site.
The DSHS has already sent out notices, regarding this.
New food manager certificates will be valid for five years.
The Kaufman County Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering a food manager certification training course.
The cost to participate will be $110. The course will be offered Wednesday-Thursday Sept. 29-30, at the Kaufman County Library.
The fee includes training, materials, and certification examination.
This program is designed to not only prepare foodservice managers to the exam; it will provide education regarding the safe handling of food.
Almost 50 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food is spent on meals prepared away from home.
Therefore, careful attention to food safety will help keep customers safe and satisfied.
Food-borne illnesses are estimated to cost thousands of dollars in lost wages, insurance, and medical bills.
Ppreventing food-borne illness is essential. The benefits of improved food safety include:
• Increased customer satisfaction,
• Improved relationships with health officials,
• Prevention of bad publicity and law suits due to food-borne illness.
By attending the course, foodservice managers will learn how to:
• identify potentially hazardous foods and common errors in food handling
• prevent contamination and cross-contamination of food
• teach and encourage personal hygiene for employees
• comply with government regulations
• maintain clean utensils, equipment and surroundings
• control pests
Food-borne illnesses can be prevented by following simple food safety practices.
For more information about the Food Manager Certification Training course of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, called “Food Safety: It’s Our Business,” call Katie M. Phillips, at (972) 932-9069 or e-mail her at kmphillips@ag.tamu.edu

Creature Feature
Spring Peepers
By Linda K. Holt
Monitor Staff Writer

KAUFMAN–On many an occasion while walking along the shores of the various waterways in East Texas, I have startled small frogs into the water.
I have nicknamed the little guys “eepers” because they make an “eep” sound right before jumping into the water. I’ve never actually seen them. I just hear the “eep” and then see the splash. Sometimes several in a row.
Step, “eep,” splash, step, “eep,” splash. No matter how slow I move, or how carefully I scan ahead along the shoreline, I have yet to get a clear look at them.
That can be very frustrating for a wildlife photographer.
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Monitor Photo/Linda K. Holt
A mud covered frog sits still in hopes of going unnoticed.

After many, many treks around our lakes, I have been slowly catching glimpes of those elusive residents of the wetlands, marshes and bogs.
The one pictured here I came across at Kaufman City Lake park. If this Northern Cricket Frog hadn’t moved slightly, I would have missed it.
Its mottled bright green body was almost entirely covered in mud, blending it into the earth quite effectively.
I worked my way slowly around it, getting as close as it would allow. And then thanked it for letting me photograph it. (It never hurts to be polite, something most people tend to forget these days.)
This one was larger than most that I have come across, nearly two inches in length.
Many of the frogs I’ve seen have been less than an inch long, which makes them all the harder to spot, let alone photograph.
Now if only I could come across a cooperative bull frog....

 

Come Adopt Us At
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby, which then will cause another similar change, and so on. My name is Domino, and I got my name not only because I’m black and white like a domino tile, but also because my outgoing, cheerful personality causes my doggie roommates to smile. This also causes our human friends to smile, which even causes the kitties in the cat room to smile.
I am an 8-month-old male Pointer/Terrier mix. I love children, other dogs, and even get along great with kitties. I’ve had all my shots and am ready to be adopted. If you’d like to experience the domino effect, I am sure to put a forever smile on your face when you take me to my forever home.
I currently live with a foster family, so if you would like to meet me, call my friends at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake at (903) 432-3422 to make an appointment. You can also email them at dogshsccl@yahoo.com.
 

We have many animals at the
Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points
in dire need of a good home.
Please call or stop by the Humane Society today
and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on
10220 County Road 2403 in Seven Points.
For more information, please call (903) 432-3422 after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

For further information visit our website at petfinder.com


 

 



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